I totally had a different entry planned (it is sitting half-finished in another window, haha, but I guess I’ll finish it tomorrow), but then I read that DOGS finally, finally got licensed! I don’t think there’s ever been another title I’ve been as excited to see get snatched though I’m not too sure why this is, lol… maybe because nothing else I read is so randomly underground and unknown. But really, I’m still surprised it took so long! DOGS’s first volume is standalone and has been out since 2001!
To be fair, I don’t think it’s actually all that popular in Japan, but it has a decent-sized overseas cult following online. The fact that Miwa Shirow decided to take four years off between the first volume and the second volume probably hurt also, and the fact that the second volume’s chapters still release rather irregularly is a really annoying factor. But his art is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and while the story isn’t really all that original (it’s about people that’ve been experimented with and genetically enhanced in a post-apocalyptic-type world), it’s intriguing all the same. (Okay, so it gets extra points with me for having lycanthropy parallels too.) The characters are excellent and I think there’s someone for everyone to take to — the first volume details the basic stories of four main protagonists. They don’t really seem to have anything to do with each other at first, but their paths gradually converge at the end of the volume. I love stuff like that.
The second volume is where they really start interacting though, so I really hope Viz will also pick that up whenever Shirow finishes… But yeah, I’m really glad to finally hear that DOGS will be coming Stateside. And I’m kind of amused that Viz is the one getting it, though I shouldn’t be surprised. Viz has come to completely dominate the manga scene, just like FUNimation seems to be owning up the anime side. I mean, TOKYOPOP was their biggest rival, and they’re not even at SDCC! That’s an even worse signal of defeat than ADV’s pathetic presence at AX, and they’re not even pawning off their titles yet. Oh, well. Despite TOKYOPOP’s quick downward spiral, the rest of the manga industry seems to be doing okay. Del Ray and Broccoli are still upbeat, in any case.
Damn summer conventions are way too close together, and I don’t have time to talk about everything that gets announced. But anyway, tonight, I just wanted to shout the joy about DOGS finally getting noticed. I can’t wait to pick up my copy in April. :3 (Oh, hey… I just realized I haven’t reviewed this. I think I’ll have to go reread it soon and spit out a review!)